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Police: Suspect in I-85 shooting had 2,000 rounds of ammunition

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Auburn, Alabama (AP) — A man arrested in connection with three interstate shootings in Alabama and Georgia had more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition and an alarming number of firearms in his car. had, police said Thursday.

The Auburn Police Department also said it had so far found no motive for the "seemingly random shootings." Jerrel Raphael Brown, 39, of Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested Wednesday in Lafayette, Alabama, after shootings were reported near Montgomery and Auburn, Alabama, and Hogansville, Georgia.

Auburn Police Chief Michael Harris said authorities found a "massive stash" of firearms and more than 2,000 rounds of his ammunition in Brown's car. . Police have released images of a table filled with three pistols, seven scoped long guns, clips and boxes of ammunition, believed to have been recovered from the car.

"The alarming amount of weapons recovered, combined with the actions of the suspects, resulted in an immediate joint effort of all agencies involved to put an end to acts of public danger across multiple regions. There is no question, to communities and multiple states," Harris said.

Brown was charged with attempted murder and shooting into a driverless vehicle in connection with the Auburn shooting that seriously injured a 45-year-old motorist.

Brown has been held without bail, and court records do not indicate whether he had an attorney speaking on his behalf.

Authorities asked people to search his 1996 white Cadillac his Fleetwood after three shootings were reported. In the Auburn shooting, a 45-year-old man from Prattville, Alabama, was seriously injured by gunshots that appeared to come from the back of the man's car. The victim was taken by helicopter to Montgomery Hospital.

Police began investigating the Auburn shooting around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Harris, an hour before the shooting in Montgomery, Alabama, and an hour later in Georgia. I just learned of a shooting in Troup County, the state.The three communities are about 55 miles (88 km) apart along Interstate 85.

Interstate 85 in Auburn was closed for hours while police conducted an investigation.

No one was injured in the Georgia shooting. Details about Montgomery's shooting were not immediately released.

Brown also faces charges in Georgia for possession of a firearm while committing aggravated assault, a felony and first-degree criminal damages, officials said.

Troop County lawmakers in western Georgia said they used traffic cameras to identify suspicious vehicles so they could broadcast information about them throughout the region. Authorities said a Chambers County, Alabama sheriff's deputy pulled Brown over and arrested him. Brown was later turned over to Auburn Police.